e-Books for All Issue and Information
Macmillan Publishers has implemented an e-Book embargo policy that will limit all public libraries to purchase one new Macmillan eBook title for the first eight weeks after its release. After eight weeks, libraries can then license additional copies for approximately $60 per copy for a term of two years or 52 lends, whichever comes first.
This new policy will not only contribute to extensive waitlists for library users but will create accessibility issues for those with disabilities and/or for those who cannot afford to purchase copies of newly-published texts. Furthermore, Macmillan’s new policy seems to support a mindset that only those who are able and willing to pay for literature and information deserve to have equitable and timely access, something that contradicts NOPL’s core values and what libraries consider detrimental to strong communities.
NOPL along with many, many other public library systems nation-wide will no longer purchase any Macmillan e-Books.
Additionally, the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) has developed a Statement on Equitable Public Access to e-Books for elected officials which Mayor LaToya Cantrell has signed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked questions on this issue can be found on the e-Books for All FAQs page.
The American Library Association (ALA) has created a website that contains additional information on the issue at ebooksforall.org.
For those who would like to express their concern about this policy, contact Macmillan Publishers directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office at email@example.com.